The Interior Exhibit Wall is placed between the Etscorn Foundation Teaching Greenhouse and the Frances Newman Alden Learning Center, where students can see the WBG Master Plan, as well as historical images of the former landfill. The 72 ft wall is used for rotating exhibits.

Frances Newman Alden Learning Center SPONSORED

Etscorn Foundation Teaching Greenhouse SPONSORED

F.J. Foundation Horticulture Workshop  SPONSORED

Samtec Cares Courtyard SPONSORED


Leslie Donor Wall FULLY SPONSORED  



Tree ALLée

Beargrass Creek Overlook

The Beargrass Creek Overlook will be surrounded by the Woodland Garden and will provide up-close views of the tree canopy in this area. Guests will also be treated to glimpses of turtles, herons, and other wildlife gathering along Beargrass Creek.

Trees in the Tree Allée
$5,000 each (8 Available)

The Tree Allée will be lined with 24 American Dream Swamp White Oak trees to provide a beautiful path leading to the Beargrass Creek Overlook.


Benches in the Tree Allée SPONSORED
$15,000 each

beargrass creek pathway


Beargrass Creek Pathway SPONSORED

Waterfall Stream SPONSORED

Pathway Bridges  SPONSORED

$15,000 each 


Donor Wall
$5,000 – $20,000

This wall in the Graeser Family Education Center recognizes new donations to the Gardens as of June 1, 2019. Acrylic medallions representing the gift level, in descending size from largest ($20,000) to smallest ($5,000), will create a colorful tribute to those who have given in support of the development of Phase I.

Education 100
$10,000 each

The Education 100 is a group of donors who have committed $10,000 each to support the development of the Gardens. These donors will be permanently recognized on the building through an artistic installation on the columns that surround the Graeser Family Education Center.

Plaza Benches SPONSORED
$15,000 each

Bus Turnaround Benches SPONSORED
$10,000 each

Plaza Benches (backless) SPONSORED
$10,000 each  

Rendering of a Japanese Garden with walkway down the center, lined with plants and hardscapes, and a conservatory in the distance.JAPANESE GARDEN – under construction


Pond – Shinji-ike #7
The pond is fed by the waterfall and streams and will be stocked with koi.

Small Pond – Niwa Ike
This pond sits under the Zig-Zig Bridge and hosts a beautiful collection of Japanese Iris.

The South (Main) Gate #1
The most elaborate gate, and the main entrance to the garden. It will include the ticket booth.

Shallow, Curving Garden Stream – Yarimizu
The stream symbolizes eternal renewal and the flow of time, and flows throughout the Japanese Garden into the large pond.

Arched Bridge – Soribashi #18
A distinct red-orange color, the arched bridge is probably the most representative feature of a Japanese garden.

Mountain Stream – Keiryū
This stream starts at the base of the waterfall and gently bubbles over varying rock levels before emptying into the Small Pond.

Dry Landscape (Zen) Garden – Karesansui #13
Dry landscape gardens represent water surfaces and wave motions through sand patterns.

Spring Lawn – Haru no shibafu
This open space lawn boasts blooming Spring flowers, including the Cherry Tree Promenade.

Autumn Lawn – Aki no shibafu
Separate from the Spring Lawn, this open area is most beautiful with the Fall colors of Japanese Maple and other trees.

Stone Benches in the Japanese Garden – Koshikake ishi
$25,000 each
Natural limestone pieces will be used to create seating throughout the Japanese garden.

Tri-Arrows Aluminum Teahouse – Chashitsu
$1,000,000 SPONSORED

Waterfall – Taki #4
$250,000 SPONSORED

Stock Yards Bank Summer House – Yokaze #12
$250,000 SPONSORED

Tea House Deck/Moon View Deck – Tsukimi-dai
$150,000 SPONSORED

Zig-Zag Bridge – Yatsuhashi #19
$100,000 SPONSORED

Cherry Tree Promenade – Sakura #15
$100,000 SPONSORED

Tea Garden – Roji #11

Autumn Grassland – Aki No Sogen #16

Island in the Pond/Lake (2) – Kojima #8
$50,000 each SPONSORED

Japanese Iris Collection – Ayame

Colony of Aquatic Plants – Suisei shokubutsu

Small Tea Garden – Roji

Pebble Beach #9
$25,000  SPONSORED

Stone Bridge (2) – Ishibashi #20
$25,000 each SPONSORED

In Stream Stepping Stones #21

Large Scale Pruned Shrubs – Okarikomi #24

Bamboo Grove #25

about the designer

The son of renowned traditional Japanese landscape designer, Kinsaku Nakane, Shiro Nakane has been following in his father’s footsteps since becoming president of Nakane Garden Research and Landscape Consultant Firm in 1995.

Having received his first lessons in the Art of Japanese gardening as a young boy, he continues to apply traditional techniques and aesthetics with a modern perspective as a landscape designer.


The apparent admiration and esteem enjoyed by the Japanese garden throughout the world is presumably attributable to the recognition of its universal artistic merits, which transcend all racial, religious, and cultural differences.”

Shiro Nakane


The Bonsai Garden has been designed to balance the traditional design of the adjacent Japanese Garden and the surrounding contemporary design of the Waterfront Botanical Gardens, weaving in design aspects from both spaces.

The intent is to create a truly unique garden that celebrates the individuality of each bonsai while also creating an experience that is distinctive to the Waterfront Botanical Gardens.

The space is divided into two areas, a winding path with small garden rooms for rest, reflection and contemplation about the artful bonsai, and a larger plaza that can be used for educational and social gatherings. The garden also includes a Bonsai House for protecting the trees during winter, daily tree manicuring, and as a space for novices to learn from bonsai experts.




Bonsai Display Plaza
The Plaza features an open, paved gathering area with roughly a dozen of the larger bonsai trees and will be used for various events including bonsai competitions. It is located adjacent to the Bonsai House.

Bonsai Garden – the Graeser family
$1,000,000 SPONSORED

Bonsai House – Joe and Debbie Graviss
$250,000 SPONSORED

Bonsai Pathway
This beautiful, winding path will take you on a bonsai journey through the various rooms in the garden.

The bonsai garden includes outdoor “rooms” that are designed with a thematic Interpretation of the five great elements through the use of materials, form and approach to bonsai.


CHI – Earth Room $500,000 SPONSORED
Bench on Boulder $25,000
Boulder Planter $50,000

SUI = Water Room $500,000
Icon Wall $50,000
Driftwood and stone bench $25,000

KA = Fire Room $500,000
Fire Wall Display $50,000
Bench $25,000 SPONSORED

FU = Wind Room $500,000
Screen wall with Bonsai SPONSORED
Bench $50,000

KU = Void/Aether Room $500,000
Niwaki (center planting) $100,000
Moongate $150,000 SPONSORED

Bonsai Display on Bonsai House

Sukiya Entry Gate $100,000
Sukiya Exit Gate $100,000

Support the Japanese Garden

Become a member of the Cherry Blossom Society with a $10,000 annual donation!


Learn more

Reach out at development@waterfrontgardens.org with questions.

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